[fyeg_gen-l] Fw: partnership call

xtefan at softhome.net xtefan at softhome.net
Tue Feb 4 19:32:41 CET 2003


Hello, this might be of interest to the FYEG as a whole, or some member 
organisations.
regards
Stefan 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! 


PARTNERSHIP APPEAL BY the South Caucasus Youth Political Networking 

   The South Caucasus Youth Political Networking is seeking partners with 
whom could share experiences and best practices on political learning and 
leadership development within the European Commission’s YOUTH programme 
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/youth.html. We are looking for partners 
to help develop our capabilities and to communicate our knowledge around the 
world. We believe we can offer some fresh angles, particularly in political 
campaigning and organization for the post-communist environment. The SCYPN 
consist of more than 30 young participants, aged 20 to 35, representing a 
broad political spectrum of the three South Caucasus countries: Armenia, 
Azerbaijan, Georgia. The participants could be engaged in political 
campaigning and organization, party building/reforming processes, as well as 
in various political education and training activities. 

   Other partners offering various forms of support and cooperation include 
the Forum for the 21st Century Leaders (Armenia), Liberal Youth Club 
(Armenia), Student Parliament (Armenia), National Committee of Helsinki 
Citizens' Assembly (Azerbaijan), Democratic Congress (Azerbaijan), Center 
for Development and Cooperation, Center for Pluralism  (Georgia), Union 
Socialist Youth (Georgia), Conservative Union of Georgian Youth (Georgia), 
Alfred Mozer Foundation (Netherlands), Olof Palme International Centre 
(Sweden), Democrat Youth Community of Europe, Republican Research Council 
(USA), Europe 2020 (France), Kosovo Civil Society Foundation, Directorate of 
Youth and Sport at the Council of Europe. 

 

Note to Editors 

The cooperation guidelines and SCYPN final report are attached.  To discuss 
possible cooperation or for
further information, please contact: 

Mrs. Gayane Sargsian
Forum for the 21st Century Leaders
26 Nalbandian St., P.O. Box 60, Yerevan 375010, Armenia
Tel: 374 9 431 642, Fax: + 374 1 543 027,
E-mail: gaya at arminco.com, leadersforum at yahoo.com 

February, 2003
 

Cooperation with third countries 

Overview 

The YOUTH programme http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/youth.html offers 
various opportunities for cooperation with third countries. Projects under 
Actions 1, 2 and 5 may involve or take place in third countries, provided 
they clearly comply with the objectives, rules and specific criteria set out 
below. 

Objectives of third-country cooperation 

Cooperation with young people and partners from countries in other regions 
of the world ("third countries") can help promote universal peace, dialogue, 
tolerance and solidarity amongst young people. In order to give a human and 
cultural dimension to its cooperation agreements, the European Union is 
increasingly seeking to extend and deepen cooperation and solidarity between 
people. 

In supporting youth activities with third countries, the European 
Commission’s main aims are to build long-lasting and solid partnerships, as 
well as promoting the exchange of youth work expertise and know-how between 
non-governmental and governmental structures in the European Union and third 
countries. 

Activities involving third countries should give participants a better 
understanding of their respective situations and cultures and help them 
explore their identities. They are also intended to contribute to the 
development of the voluntary sector and civil society in the partner 
countries. 

Which countries can participate? 

Please see the list of countries and priority regions in listed in the 
User's Guide 
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/youth/program/guide/other_countries.html 
. 

What are the general rules for activities with third countries? 

Only Action 1 (Youth for Europe), Action 2 (European Voluntary Service) and 
Action 5 (Support Measures) are open to third-country cooperation
Each third-country project has to involve one or more EU Member States 
depending on the Action
Projects should involve third countries from the same region
Pre-accession and EEA/EFTA countries involved in a project should not 
outnumber EU Member States
Activities can take place in any of the countries which are involved in the 
respective project
What are the special conditions for pre-accession countries’ activities with 
third countries? 

Pre-accession countries may only participate in third country activities 
with the neighbouring priority regions: 

Central and Eastern European pre-accession countries (Bulgaria, Czech 
Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak 
Republic, Slovenia) may only participate in third-country multilateral 
projects with countries in the CIS and South Eastern Europe.
Cyprus and Malta, as well as being pre-accession countries, are also 
Mediterranean partner countries. Consequently, they can participate as third 
countries in projects with EU Member States and other Mediterranean partner 
countries. However, they cannot participate in projects with other third 
countries.
How to apply? 

The National Agencies provide the official application forms, which may also 
be downloaded from the Commission’s and other websites. Applications must be 
submitted by the deadlines for selection at European level indicated in the 
User's Guide. Please contact the National Agency or National Coordinator  
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/youth/program/natage.html in your 
country for assistance with filling in the forms. 

One of the partner organisations takes the lead in submitting the 
application as well as in implementing the project. This organisation is 
responsible for submitting the grant application. It will receive the grant 
for the whole project and is responsible for transferring, to each partner 
organisation, its respective share of the grant. It is also responsible for 
reporting and presenting final accounts. 

For projects with Mediterranean partner countries 

The applicant may be any of the project partners, i.e. a sending or host 
group/organisation based either in a Programme country or in one of the 
Mediterranean partner countries. It submits the application, on behalf of 
all the partners, to the relevant National Agency/National Coordinator, 
which forwards it to the European Commission, where the selection of 
projects takes place. 

For projects with other third countries 

The applicant has to be one of the partners based in a Programme country. It 
submits the application, on behalf of all the partners, to the relevant 
National Agency, which forwards it to the European Commission, where the 
selection of projects takes place. 

European youth organisations 

European youth organisations which are based in one of the Programme 
countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme countries may 
apply directly to the European Commission or through their national branches 
to the relevant National Agency. 

Other considerations 

Visas and residence permits 

Regulations concerning visas and residence permits differ from country to 
country. There is no general rule or status for EVS volunteers, for example, 
so the necessary arrangements for each volunteer must be made. The European 
Commission can help by issuing a letter confirming participation in a 
European project. National Agencies and National Coordinators may also be 
able to provide assistance. 

Vaccination and health care 

Please contact the relevant health institutions concerning health 
recommendations for travelling to the third country concerned. When planning 
the time schedule and budget for the project, take account of medical checks 
and vaccinations that may be required. 

Youth exchanges 

In addition to the general aims and criteria outlined in the User's Guide, 
third-country youth exchanges should comply with the following specific 
criteria: 

They must be multilateral, i.e. involve a minimum of four countries.
They must involve a minimum of two EU Member States.
They must involve at least two third countries from the same region.
There should be a balance between the number of Programme countries and the 
number of third countries in each project. The national groups should be 
balanced and consist of approximately equal numbers of participants.
For detailed information on Community grants and funding rules please 
consult the User's Guide. 

European Voluntary Service 

What are the possible project structures? 

Third-country EVS projects must involve at least one EU Member State and may 
consist of: 

one sending country and one host country (one-to-one)
several sending countries and one host country
several sending countries and several host countries in the same region
Project type 2 is strongly recommended, especially for projects taking place 
in third countries, where training sessions organised by National Agencies 
are not available. The presence of a group of volunteers of mixed 
nationalities in the same country will make it possible to organise common 
training sessions (on-arrival training, mid-term and possibly final 
evaluation meetings). Volunteers will also be able to benefit from peer 
support throughout their stay in the host country. 

Who can participate? 

Young people from the Programme countries can participate in an EVS project 
in a third country. 

Young people from third countries can participate in an EVS project in a 
Programme country but cannot do EVS in another third country. 

Young people from EEA/EFTA and pre-accession countries cannot participate in 
one-to-one EVS activities in third countries (and vice versa). 

What are the specific criteria? 

In addition to the general aims and criteria outlined in the User's Guide, 
third-country EVS projects should comply with the following specific 
criteria: 

Number of volunteers
1-20 volunteers per application.
Number of volunteers per host organisation
The number of volunteers per host organisation should be limited to 4, of 
whom no more than 2 are from the same country.
Mix of sending countries
If an application involves more than 2 volunteers, they should come from 
different countries of residence, in balanced numbers.
Length of voluntary service period
Normally, 6-12 months. In view of visa difficulties, shorter third-country 
projects might be eligible, with a minimum of 3 months.
Short-term activities (3 weeks to six months) are eligible only if aimed at 
facilitating access to European Voluntary Service for young people with less 
opportunities.
Training
Common pre-departure and on-arrival training and mid-term and possibly also 
final evaluation meetings have to be organised for all volunteers.
How to initiate an EVS project with third countries? 

Unlike for EVS projects in Programme countries as described in the User's 
Guide, there is no database of host organisations for EVS in third 
countries. 

If you are a volunteer 

If you do not yet know any host organisation, you should start by 
identifying a potential sending organisation in your country which has 
contacts with organisations in the country where you would like to do your 
voluntary service. 

If you already know a host organisation which is interested in having you as 
a volunteer, you should bring this organisation into contact with a 
potential sending organisation in your country. 

Once the partnership between sending and host organisations is established, 
you can jointly develop your project and prepare a grant application, which 
has to be submitted by an organisation based in a Programme country or in a 
Mediterranean partner country. You could also contact European Youth NGOs 
which, in some cases, may be looking for volunteers for already approved EVS 
projects. National Agencies (or National Coordinators) might be able to help 
you in your search for suitable organisations. 

If you are a sending or host organisation 

The starting point for a third-country EVS project is often an existing 
partnership between sending and hosting organisations. This partnership can 
be based, for example, on cultural exchange initiatives, town twinning, 
partnerships between international youth organisations, solidarity 
initiatives or development cooperation. 

Host organisations are not obliged to obtain specific approval from the 
European Commission before applying for a project. Assessment of the host 
organisation is undertaken together with the complete project application. 

In some cases, National Agencies or National Coordinators might be able to 
help you identify partner organisations, especially as far as organisations 
in the EU and in the Mediterranean partner countries are concerned. Sending 
and host organisations (in some cases together with a coordinator) jointly 
plan the project and prepare the application. The volunteer, if already 
identified, should be involved in the preparation of the application, but it 
is also possible to identify the volunteer after the project has been 
approved. 

How to organise training sessions? 

Training sessions form an integral part of each EVS project, as described in 
the User's Guide. 

It is the responsibility of the organisation coordinating the project (i.e. 
the applicant organisation) to ensure that all volunteers involved in a 
project receive pre-departure and on-arrival training, as well as attend 
mid-term meetings, either on an individual basis or in group sessions. 

Training sessions organised by the National Agencies should be made use of 
wherever possible, both for volunteers from the Programme countries 
(pre-departure training) and for volunteers from third countries (on-arrival 
training and mid-term meeting). 

For detailed information on Community grants and funding rules please 
consult the User's Guide. 

Support Measures 

In addition to the general aims and criteria as outlined in the User's 
Guide, third-country Support Measures should comply with the following 
specific criteria: 

Activity 9 (support for quality and innovation) is not eligible for 
third-country cooperation. Nor are activities supporting Action 3 or Action 
4 of the YOUTH programme.
Activities must be multilateral, i.e. involve a minimum of four countries.
They must involve a minimum of two Programme countries (of which at least 
one must be an EU Member State).
They must involve at least two third countries from the same region.
Activities 1 (practical training experience/job shadowing) and 2 
(feasibility visits), as well as activities aiming to develop EVS with third 
countries, may involve only two or three partner countries and are selected 
at a national level.
There should be a balance between the number of Programme countries and the 
number of third countries. The national groups should be balanced and 
consist of approximately equal numbers of participants.
For detailed information on Community grants and funding rules please 
consult the User's Guide. 

 

 

 

South Caucasus 

Youth Political Networking 

final REPORT 

October-December 2002 


Dear friends! 


Here we are with our final October-December 2002 report. These were three 
months filled with various events and more commitment to keep on with the 
strategic goals and objectives set up in our preliminary program: 


s         Establishing and expending dialogue within the South Caucasus 
political youth, particularly with respect to the following challenges: 
living in multicultural societies; achieving social inclusion and 
alleviating poverty; fostering democratic principles and practices and 
promoting active citizenship; combating political extremism, religious 
fundamentalism and terrorist violence. 

s         Encouraging mutual understanding and greater cooperation between 
those working in youth political organizations, in order to act more 
effectively in favor of the South Caucasus development with a futuristic 
perspective. 

s         Promoting the participation of youth in politics and democratic 
governance through the use of information technologies. 


CD-ROMs on the campaigning module of On-Line Democracy (© The Olof Palme 
International Center) had been produced and distributed to the Network 
participants 


We organized public debates on youth active citizenship and political 
participation within the respective youth communities and organizations, and 
came to the conclusion that our efforts towards this task could be 
rationalized within the following framework: (i) to impart theoretical 
knowledge of youth on democratic political institutions, values, and 
practices (ii) to facilitate the acquisition of analytical skills and 
abilities and useful tools for the purpose of pursuing democratic political 
action; and (iii) to promote the development of practical skills and useful 
techniques for democratic political life and political management in a 
democratic society. 

We prepared and held a Follow-on meeting (17-20 December, 2002, Tbilisi). In 
the meantime, prior to that meeting, participants made a draft project they 
would like to carry out throughout the forthcoming year.  During this 
meeting, they get a chance to put together all their proposals, to elaborate 
and finalize the project, and devise a Calendar of 2003 Activities. 

The focus of this program is to contribute to the process of peace building 
and democratic consolidation that is an essential condition for the 
achievement of sustained and equitable development in the South Caucasus. 


The proposal seeks to develop an overall project framework aimed at 
strengthening youth politics in the South Caucasus and addressing the needs 
of more young people from a broad political spectrum. The Project will 
consist of different program elements such as contact forums, study visits, 
training courses for emerging political leaders and activists, bilateral and 
multilateral youth exchange projects, etc. There will also be a research 
dimension to the Project, which will provide expert analysis and advocacy 
materials on the constraints and opportunities of developing national youth 
politics in the countries of the South Caucasus. The first activity is 
projected to launch as soon as the funding situation allows for it. Expected 
start of the Project is January/February 2003. It will focus on the 
following “primary target” countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. 
However, participants in other countries of South East Europe and other 
European countries will also have opportunity to take part in many of the 
activities of 2003 Programme. 


Specifically, the programme consists of the following main elements: 


(i)                 Youth Breaking Borders: contact forums, exchange and 
study visits, EVS opportunities enabling the South Caucasus Youth Political 
Network to develop its structure at European level: to make new contacts and 
thus extend partnerships and develop co-operation. 


(ii)                A Training of Trainers (TOT) program on Political 
Leadership Development that will be offered on a regional level and would 
contribute to the positive political change and accumulation of local 
capacities in the area of political management and political organization in 
the Region. The training program will be given by outstanding academic 
institution the Centre for Peace building and Conflict Management, Norway 
(CCM) and will bring together a select group of politically active youth 
from the three South Caucasus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) that 
may have been eventually organized into the Country Training Teams competent 
to meet the increasing need for qualified training in this field and to 
enlarge and further develop regional network of trainers who have the 
proficiency and motivation to develop and implement advanced training 
activities for promoting Youth Political Leadership in the Region. 


(iii)               Establishment of a website and production of a regular 
Electronic Newsletter for the SC political youth, that will facilitate a 
flow of information and bring together the youth political sector in the 
South Caucasus Region. 

 

The South Caucasus Youth Political Networking was initiated by the Forum for 
the 21st Century Leaders which is a non-governmental, non-profit 
organisation, focusing its activities on Youth Political participation and 
cooperation at national and international levels. 

We would like to express our enormous gratitude to all those who are 
supporting 

The project on South Caucasus Youth Political Networking 

financially or through their engagement that made this project possible to 
launch and helped to secure its implementation and all of those who are with 
us in their thoughts. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS: 

Council of Europe, Directorate of Youth and Sport 

Alfred Mozer Foundation, Netherlands 

Olof Palme International Centre, Sweden. 

Kosovo Civil Society Foundation 

Azerbaijani National Committee of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly 

Center for Development and Cooperation, Center for Pluralism, Georgia 

Union Socialist Youth of Georgia Conservative Union of Georgian Youth 

All Network participants: 

Fidan Mammedova, Baku State University, Azerbaijan 

David Jashiashvili, Republican Party, Georgia 

Astghik Sargsian, “Forum for the 21st Century Leaders”, Armenia 

Rena Tahirova, hCa, Azerbaijan 

Pervana Mamedova, hCa, Azerbaijan 

Nigar Alieva, hCa, Azerbaijan 

Irina Sokolova, Youth against Conflict, Azerbaijan 

Gayane Sargsian, “Forum for the 21st Century Leaders”, Armenia 

Dimitri Tskitishvili, The Union Socialist Youth of Georgia 

Mustafa Hajibeyli “Democrat” Center for Political Studies, Azerbaijan 

Yuri Navoyan, “Dashnaktsutiun” Party, Armenia 

Armen Nersisian, “Dashnaktsutiun” Party, Armenia 

Mher Ghalechian, Liberal Democratic Party of Armenia 

Armen Ashotian, Republican Party of Armenia 

Armida Martinian, Republican Party of Armenia 

Marianna Gevorgian, Republican Party of Armenia 

Sona Yeritsian, “Armenian National Movement” Party, Armenia 

Armen Grigorian, “Armenian National Movement” Party, Armenia 

Isabella Sargsyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia 

Artak Zeinalyan, “Hanrapetutiun” Party, Armenia
Mamuka Khijakadze, National Democratic Party of Georgia
Armen Khachatrian, “New way” Party, Armenia
Ismayil Abdulazimov, Social Democratic Youth Organization of Azerbaijan 

Tabib Huseynov, Azerbaijani Assosiation of International Studies 

Tural Kerimli, RGD Program, Azerbaijan 

Nugzar Kavtaradze, The Union Socialist Youth of Georgia 

Giorgi Nebieridze, The Union Socialist Youth of Georgia 

Artur Eremian, The Union Socialist Youth of Georgia 

Suren Manukian, Center for Regional and Political Studies, Armenia 

Tamara Vardanian, “Noravank” Scientific-educational Foundation at the 
Government of the RoA 

Kornely Kakachia, Conservative Union of Georgian Youth 

George Vardishvili, Conservative Union of Georgian Youth 

Fridon Partsvania, Conservative Union of Georgian Youth 

Lado Kandelaki, Conservative Union of Georgian Youth 

 


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